Researchers have found that certain indicators can gauge your risk of losing a natural tooth. Naturally, not brushing your teeth at least twice a day has a large impact, along with failure to see a dentist on a regular basis. However, other areas can up your risk potential a great deal, including …
• People who have diabetes have a 19% greater risk of tooth loss. Those who have hypertension have nearly a 14% greater risk.
• If you’re a male, you have a 33% greater risk of losing teeth.
• If you are a current or past smoker, your risk level increases almost 31%.
The most common cause of adult tooth loss in the U. S. is periodontal (gum) disease. Because gum disease begins without obvious warning signs, your regular dental check-ups are important. These visits allow our Hygienist to catch problems at their earliest stages.
Early treatment of periodontal disease can be done comfortably, quickly, and without great expense. The longer you wait, however, more involved treatment is necessary. Remember, gum disease only worsens without treatment. If you suspect you may have gum disease, contact us at your earliest convenience for treatment.
Your smile will thank you!